This year I was asked to create poster art for Theater J‘s 2016-2017 season. This marks my second year working with Theater J and I have to say that working with them is easy breezy from beginning to end.
We both went into this year’s brainstorm with the idea that we would somehow unify all of the posters and make them feel like a cohesive unit. We also wanted to include a mix of hand-lettering, photography and illustration and I think that the end result is something we can both be proud of.
Look below to see the posters at a glance in thumbnail form and following that you can view the posters individually. Look out for a follow up post with early versions of each poster and some words about my process.
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Theater J 2016-2017 title treatment
Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
The Christians by Lucas Hnath
The How and the Why by Sarah Treem
The Last Schwartz by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
Broken Glass by Arthur Miller
Oy Vey in a Manger by the Kinsey Sicks
Recently, I completed a piece for ASCD’s Education Update newsletter. The piece was a challenge because it was about creating a more inclusive school community in an effort to support diverse families. Diverse could mean anything from families with a single parent, no parents or gay and lesbian parents. Given the current social and political climate of America, we wanted to create a piece that wouldn’t cause divisiveness amongst members upon viewing the image, but draw them into the article with an open mind and willingness to understand.
Because we are talking about education and inclusiveness, I thought that a school of diverse fish would be the perfect metaphor. The first image is the first version that I made. The editor thought that the dark water and barracuda made the environment look a little murky, like scummy pond water. So I brightened up the color palette (which is limited for the sake of branding the newsletter), took the barracuda out and gave the fish some partial smiles. The second image is the end result, which I may actually turn into a print.
Here is my latest poster design for Port Tobacco Players’ production of the Dixie Swim Club.
The Dixie Swim Club is a play about five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. In the play, they set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships.
Previous poster designs for this play usually show the women from behind, embracing with kooky beach hats and standing in the sand or on the beach. I wanted to do something a little different and focus on what brought them together in the first place: the swimming pool. I instantly thought of a composition that would have the women swimming close together, creating a close bond compositionally with their positioning, curves and bright colors uniting them. It was my first idea and the only one I finalized. I wanted the title treatment, which is hand lettered, to feel as if it were floating or distorted by being in the water.
Some of you who follow my Instagram account may remember me drawing some evergreenery last week. Here are some of the illustrations put to use. The final piece should have the multiple rings of the wreath rotating in opposing directions. Stay tuned for updates.
This week I began working on another poster for the Port Tobacco Players, in La Plata, MD. The poster will be for their upcoming production of The Dixie Swim Club which chronicles the lives of five close friends who met on a college swim team. Drawing pool water was a first for me and all I could think about while drawing it was how much I really hate winter (except for the holidays).
Here’s a preview of a new piece that I’m working on. My only clue is “Mountains run into shores.” I’m using a combination of watercolors and sumi ink and applying both using dry brush and wet on wet.
I got to illustrate the number 246 for We Are Not Special’s 365 Days of Type Lettering Project. I call this “Funky Haze.”